Dr. Gaby is a member of the Veterinary Dental Academy. This provides us access to a board certified veterinary dentist during the actual oral surgery and extraction procedures but our associates and technicians with are provided access to a wide range of dental continuing education venues including via webinars, live mastermind meetings and hours and hours and hours of videos and tutorials by Dr. Brett Beckman. We can post our cases withal the members of the Dental Academy to get their input as well.
At our hospital even “routine dentals” include dental digital radiography with our gentle lower radiation advanced technology of digital X-rays. Dental radiographs allow us to locate and treat dental disease in the earlier stages and hopefully helps your pet avoid extractions. This helps keep your pet healthier. Dental disease can advance without symptoms. For instance these radiographs shown here reveal severe bone loss under what looked like seemingly normal gums! For the most part however early signs of dental disease usually include red, swollen or bleeding gums, tartar at the gum line and bad breath.
Periodontal disease and gingivitis are caused by plaque bacteria. If plaque enters the bloodstream through bleeding gums, it could cause inflammation throughout the body and negatively affect systemic diseases. It has been proven that heart disease, diabetes, cancer, kidney and liver disease among many other illnesses are associated with gum disease. In humans there have been links to Alzheimer’s, osteoporosis, arthritis and strokes as well. Dental home care starting as soon as you adopt your pet as well as regular dental assessments and cleanings can help prevent gum disease. Of course we carry out routine dental cleanings and polishing on healthy teeth but our dental program is not limited to that. We also perform extractions to for instance, correct tooth crowding, tooth rotation and diseased teeth that cannot be salvaged. We can also provide your pet with some oral surgeries such as mass removal, gum repairs, bone grafts after root planning in attempts to save teeth with evidence of early periodontal disease. In the case of more specialized work such as endontics such as root canals and bonding, a Board Certified Veterinary Dentist referral can be made. We are not specialists and will always respect your decision to utilize one. n some instances we will insist on it just as your own dentist routinely does.